Cats come in a wide variety of sizes, patterns, and colors. When it comes to choosing a cat breed, you have many options. In making your decision, you will need to consider things like personality and temperament, but you should also think practically about size. How big can a breed called Munchkin be? Some cats are smaller than others simply because of breeding, but there are also a few breeds that are naturally small. If you have limited space, you will be glad to know that there are several wonderful cat breeds that are very small. Below you will find a list of the five smallest cat breeds, starting with the tiniest, and an overview of each.
Five Smallest Cat Breeds
Named after the Malaysian word for Singapore, this breed, considered the smallest in existence, only growing to be about five or six pounds for females and six to eight pounds for males. This tiny cat has a very short, fine coat that comes in a variety of colors and is active and playful by nature. Singapuras are also very affectionate and loyal to family.
The name of this breed alone speaks to its small size. Not only is the Munchkin a small breed, but it has very short legs. In spite of this, the breed appears normal in every other way. It is characteristically sweet-natured and playful, loving to spend time with people. Small in stature from the start, it only grows up to be between five and nine pounds.
- Cornish Rex
What makes this breed unique is the fact that it does not have a thick coat like most cat breeds – all it has is a layer of down. This adorable creature is special not just for its downy coat, but also its very large ears and slim body. These cats are very playful, intelligent, and active – they usually get along with other family pets and they are good with children. Additionally, this breed remains very small, only growing to about six to ten pounds at maturity.
- Devon Rex
The Devon Rex is very similar to the Cornish Rex in that it has a slender profile, large ears, and a very short coat. This breed is unique in that its coat is curly – and the whiskers are curled as well. This big-eyed-breed is a very people-oriented cat and can be quite mischievous at times. In addition to being a great family pet for its playful personality, the Devon Rex is also fairly small, weighing five to ten pounds at maturity.
- American Curl
This vocal variety of kitty is known for its unique ears which curl backward in an arc – they are often compared to the ears of the Lynx. American Curls are a very affectionate and loyal breed – they are also very people-oriented. In addition to being a great family pet, they are also very small. Most only weigh about five to eight pounds at maturity for females and between seven and ten pounds for males.
If you live in cramped quarters, one of the cats above could be a wonderful addition to your family. Other advantages of smaller cats are they eat less, are easier to clean up after, and tend to be oh-so-much cuter!